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Grasshopper : the poetry of M. A. Griffiths | 03-Feb-11

Grasshopper / the poetry of M. A. GRIFFITHS ; Wickes, Alan (introduction). -- Darlington : Arrowhead Press, 2011

The library has just received this posthumous collection of the work of British poet Margaret Ann Griffiths (1947-2009).  Though little-known, until now, through traditional print media, Margaret was something of a poetry superstar in the world of online poetry posting and was hailed at the Academy of American Poets website as "one of the up-and-coming poets of our time".

Rather than seek publication through traditional channels, she was content to share her work with fellow poets on various Internet forums suited to the different styles and variety of her work.  Known by the Internet pseudonyms "Grasshopper" and "Maz", she began posting her poetry online in 2001 and edited the "Poetry Worm", a monthly periodical distributed by email.  In 2008, her "Opening a Jar of Dead Sea Mud" won Eratosphere's annual Sonnet Bake-off.  Almost immediately after her death was announced on Eratosphere in 2009, poets from across the UK, America and Australia started collecting her work together for this publication.

The book contains 316 poems and is intended as an archive of Margaret's work and has been arranged alphabetically by title as an easy reference to individual poems.
More information about M. A. Griffiths and examples of her poems can be found here:
http://ramblingrose.com/grasshopper/


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